St Cuthbert's is Ampleforth’s oldest boarding house, having begun life in 1926 in a building to the west of the monastery.

St Cuthbert's moved into Hume House in 2001. The first year students sleep in dormitories of six, the next two years in double rooms, and the Sixth Form in single en-suite rooms, many of which enjoy outstanding views towards the Abbey Church.

Mr James Rainer became the sixth Housemaster of St Cuthbert's in September 2015. He was previously Assistant Housemaster in St John’s and St Dunstan's House, a Tutor in St Hugh's and Head of Basil Hume Scholars.  James arrived at Ampleforth in 2010 after a happy time as an undergraduate, postgraduate and tutor at St John’s College, University of Durham. He coaches the 1st XI football team and has coached senior Rugby and Cricket sets.  He also teaches Christian Theology at A-level and contributes to the Christian Living programme. James lives in St Cuthbert's House with his wife Maria, who teaches History at the College, and their young son Noah and daughter Rose.  

About St Cuthbert

St Cuthbert was bishop of Lindisfarne in 685, having been Prior of Melrose Abbey and Prior of Lindisfarne. He was consecrated Bishop of Lindisfarne on Easter Day in 685 in York Minster. For two years he visited his diocese, and in that time is said to have performed so many miracles that he became known as ‘the Wonderworker of Britain’.